The Whigs are excited to announce their new album Enjoy The Company, out September 18th on New West Records. Written in Nashville, TN and Athens, GA, and recorded in Woodstock, NY with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), the band was able to capture the best parts of their earlier albums and create an exciting album full of driving rock songs that are punk, pop, and melodic, all at the same time.
Fitz and The Tantrums will launch an extensive North American tour tomorrow night at WorkPlay Soundstage in Birmingham, AL. In addition to its headline dates, the band will play a two-night stand with Dave Matthews Band at New York’s Jones Beach Amphitheater (6/12 & 13), join Ben Harper at the Santa Barbara Bowl (6/30) and the Hollywood Bowl (7/1), and make its return to Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a Fourth of July show with Blues Traveler. Fitz and The Tantrums will also perform at numerous festivals (including Bonnaroo and Outside Lands). See below for itinerary.
Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce details of a series of Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers in the United States this August. The Stopovers combine the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world-class music festival. Featuring local vendors and activities, each Stopover will begin with a concert at a unique site and end with a series of smaller events involving local businesses, venues, and, most importantly, local people. Mumford & Sons will headline the main event, alongside an eclectic and energetic roster of artists curated by the band themselves.
Seattle-based Beat Connection has debuted “The Palace Garden, 4am,” the first single off of their debut LP, The Palace Garden, out June 19 on Moshi Moshi / Tender Age. The band will appear at Sasquatch Music Festival this Sunday May 27th, two weeks before launching their first headlining North American tour with White Arrows. They performed at SXSW this year, after touring with STRFKR this past fall where they played to sold-out rooms and earned rave reviews for their fantastic live set. Their appearance at Sasquatch kicks off a new tour that will take them crisscrossing the US and Canada until late July (tour dates below).
To celebrate this September’s release of his new solo album The Ringmaster General, singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Stewart will perform four shows throughout the U.K. The tour kicks off September 3 with a special homecoming show at the Empire Theatre in Stewart’s Sunderland hometown and includes stops in Birmingham, Manchester and London. While in London, Stewart will also shoot a private performance at The Hospital Club on September 6.
When one of your favorite artists performs in front of a local crowd full of friends and family of the band, then you know you’re in for a good night. That was the case when The White Buffalo (AKA Jake Smith) recently performed in Solana Beach at the Belly Up Tavern. The performance lasted well into the wee hours of the morning, and it was as if The White Buffalo and his band didn’t want the night to end. The crowd loved every minute of it, and in turn, that night’s performers clearly fed off the energy of an adoring audience.
Explosions In The Sky just released an incredible new music video for “Postcard From 1952“, from their fifth studio album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, released on Temporary Residence Ltd. Directed by Annie Gunn and Peter Simonite, “Postcard From 1952” employs yet another expansively cinematic track from Take Care, Take Care, Take Care as the perfect compliment to an indelible visual experience. Gunn and Simonite re-create a series of vintage Polaroid moments with painstaking care to every detail from vintage styling to flash cube lighting for a trip back in time that explores moments before and after these memory fragments were captured. Watch the new video below.
Firstly, I want you all to know that We Are Serenades has Swedish blood. So Swedish in fact that when I ask Adam Olenius “Where are you from?” I hear on the other line “Well, I’m calling you here from Stockholm.” He informs me much later that he actually lived in a neighborhood very close to mine in Seattle, Washington for two years and toured in the US with the popular pop punk band, Shout Out Louds.
Lumerians are garage scholars of the weird. The Oakland-based quintet could be named for Lemuria, the long-lost sunken continent ruled by primitive mystics. But note the spelling: Lumerians, not Lemurians. Sure Lumerians dig lemurs plenty, but they love lumiere—especially son et lumiere, the fusion of sound and light that is one of the hallmarks of deep trance and media. Lumerians play droning dance music for the soul you forgot you had – the noise of the billions of switches in your brain shutting off and on in perfect harmony. Last year Knitting Factory Records released their debut full length Transmalinnia, an immersive odyssey beyond the senses five.
Danish sextet Alcoholic Faith Mission has debuted the video for the title track off of their forthcoming Ask Me This LP, out May 1st on Old Flame Records (MillionYoung, Letting Up Despite Great Faults). Produced by Guy Manly, “Ask Me This” follows their first two videos ‘Running with Insanity,’ and ‘Into Pieces‘ released earlier this year. Starring Sharry Underwood, who was a professional Broadway dancer in the 1940’s, the video’s concept was birthed from the “iconic images of the WWII generation returning from overseas, young, full of life, confident, and in love,” says Manly. “In today’s world I think the elderly are neglected and hidden, our idea of beauty is to be young, our idea of quality is to be new.” “Ask Me This” isn’t as preoccupied with death as it is with the memories of life that we hide away.
Brooklyn quartet Black Taxi has been generating quite the buzz lately in the indie-rock world. From their seven performances at this year’s SXSW to the release of their critically acclaimed second album, We Don’t Know Any Better in January, it seems that the band is turning heads and garnering fans everywhere they go. Following up on these successes, the band is preparing to begin a series of spring tour dates that will see them traveling down the East Coast, along with appearances at several festivals. Additionally, the band has released a brand-new remix of their song “Friend”, off their latest album, by esteemed NYC producer Fake Money; it is available as a free download via their Facebook page.
Ethereal a cappella folk trio Mountain Man‘s intuitive, soaring harmonies are almost impossible to describe — lush yet minimal, reverent yet earthy. Formed when they were students at Vermont’s Bennington College, Mountain Man has captivated listeners with the sonic alchemy created by the blend of their voices. This magical sound – three voices that join to create one beautiful instrument – caught the notice of Leslie Feist, who extended an invitation for the trio to join her onstage as part of her band. They agreed, and will accompany Feist on her world tour, which continues in North America beginning in April.
Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we are pleased to bring you two new tracks from female artists. One you know well, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls. She has had a prolific career as a singer/songwriter and is touring to support her newest solo release, Lung Of Love. Amy is playing at the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles tonight and, last we heard, tickets are still available.
UK pop legends Squeeze have announced that they’ll be returning to the States in April for select dates, including their debut performances at Coachella. Kicking off in San Diego on April 10th, the tour brings them to Coachella on April 14th and 21st, along with other shows in select US markets. Squeeze will be releasing a limited-edition white vinyl package, Live at the Fillmore, on April 14th, available only at the band’s US tour dates and through their website.
Following her highly acclaimed fall tour, Feist announces a new string of state side spring and summer dates in support of Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope). Kicking things off with a two weekend stint at Coachella, Feist will make stops everywhere from Austin, TX, to the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City, a headlining spot at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL, and a set at the famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
On June 5, Columbia Records will release singer-songwriter-guitarist Brandi Carlile‘s fourth studio album, Bear Creek. Carlile, hailed as “the best voice in indie rock” by Paste Magazine, will tour extensively in support of the record. She’ll kick off a series of six dates with Dave Matthews Band on June 26 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and headline the 9,450-seat Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on July 14. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
The Joy Formidable are embarking on their first headlining US Tour of 2012, beginning today, March 12 in San Francisco, CA. A number of the tour’s dates have already sold out, including two straight nights in San Francisco, Boston, and Toronto. The tour goes until April 2 in Toronto, with support along the way provided by A Place To Bury Strangers, Exitmusic and Big Black Delta. The band has also been busy at work on their sophomore album and follow-up to 2011’s The Big Roar, to be released sometime in 2012. For complete tour date information, please see below.
Who needs alcohol to lower inhibitions when you’re at a Reptar show? Hailing from Athens, Georgia these electro popper’s reputation for putting on a lively and boisterous show precedes them. Reptar’s music is upbeat, catchy and most importantly dance worthy. The second these musicians took the stage it was obvious that this normally quiet and still LA audience wouldn’t stay that way for long.